Friday, 17 October 2008

Touch the walk

How we created an abstract map of Bermondsey!

*Rubbings & sketches around Bermondsey of the ground [where we walked].
*Stuck them next to each other to create a rectangular/square shape on a piece of A1 sugar paper.
*Used the overhead projector to sketch the map on the rubbings and sketches.
*Then cut the sugar paper until the whole piece is on the edge of the paper.

These are the facts about the Boyle family. I researched on them because they had inspired our group to create a similar piece of work.

The piece of art work we created is similar to what the "Boyle family" created.

This is something they had created.

History of Bermondsey - Living condistions and class structures - population - population, living conditions and local industries - What was opened and all that stuff
"Victorian Bermondsey

1839 Croydon Railway opened.
1844 Bricklayers Arms opened in Old Kent Road.
1866 Viaduct built above Borough Market and Clink Street to link to Cannon Street Railway Bridge.
1869 Tower Subway opened (linked to Tooley Street).
1879 Bermondsey Leather market built.
1892 Central Library built in Spa Road.
1894 Tower Bridge opened."

"Modern Bermondsey

1915 Spa Road Station closed.
1921 New Southwark Bridge designed by Sir Ernest George.
1928 St Olave¹s Church demolished.
1963 Bankside Power Station opened (now Tate Modern).
1940-41 Many local people killed by German bombing raids.
1950 Caledonian Market moved to Bermondsey.
1965 Borough of Southwark was formed by amalgamation of boroughs of Bermondsey, Camberwell and Southwark.
1971 HMS Belfast, largest of the WW2 cruisers, moored by Tooley Street." - The timeline of bermondsey - Local industries

**Under construction**

Skills rotation

I chose an unusual object from Jacobs island to re-capture because it caught my eye as it was an interesting object to re-take. Before i re-invented this photo i produced three different ideas of what my photographs will turn out as.

Idea #01 - Pointing from the corner of the object upwards. To get an effect of looking from the bottom of the object until the top. I like this method because you it can show the tallness of the object.

Idea #02 - A side view of the object to create a sharp view. I chose this technique because it will then show all the lines a sharp way when looking at the photo.

Idea #03 - Having another object in from of the main object. To create a double effect. Although trying to make the background burnt out so that you can only see the plant and the main object in the photo. I chose this technique because i thought i'd need to experiment with the light.

- out the way i wanted it to be.

I then looked at some photographers that had made similar photographs i created. I first looked at my 1st idea. A photo created by EUGENE ATGET had created some sort of image just like mine. A sharp and straight object.

I then looked for someone for my 2nd idea. FRANCIS FRITH and CORNELL CAPA had both taken a photo that makes the object looked longer. So i therefore created a similar effect.



The 3rd idea was a hard choice. But overall i then found someone that had a similarity to my work. EIKOH HOSOE, i picked this photographer because he created a photograph showing 3 different parts of the photo. He used the flowers at the front, the main object which was the person and the background. Although he made the background completely burnt out.

The last photo i picked that looked good also had a photographer that had similarity. JEANLOUP SIEFF. Although in my photo i took from it straight on and from Sieff's photo was taken from the bottle andgle upwards, to create a tall effect, and the background is completely bunt out, white.

Overall i think i improved the photo that was taken before because, you have a better effect, view and angle on all the ideas i produced. Althgough the original photo shows you the whole object.

Thursday, 9 October 2008

Evaluation of the Bermondsey Map

The creative and media class created a map from walking around Bermondsey. We had a class discussion on how to present the map in the college, to show what Bermondsey really looks like now and what it looked like before. We then had to decide where the map should be presented to the people that go to the college, why it's a good place for it to be, and what’s the purpose of making the map. We also had to think about what we could had done better if we had more time to think about it and used our creative skills to create a neater map to present it more readable. We did this by capturing areas of Bermondsey using a camera or sketching the place.

We as a group captured a lot of things around Bermondsey to share our moments to the people who come to the college. We want to create this map to show the experience on what we had done whilst going on this walk. This is why we took photographes to share the place on what we saw. We also collected a few things around the place and stuck them on the map, to show what was seen on the ground and what you expect to be on the groun around Bermondsey.

We created this map to show the people in the college what bermondsey looks like now. Although we also created this to show us students in the creative and media class what the place looked like before and how it has changed from the past until now. I think the place has changed a lot from what I've researched of the past, of Bermondsey, as you can see the difference on how the buildings looked then and how it looks now.

I think that the map should be at the front of where everyone swipes in because, then everyone can see it as they walk passed. I chose that place to present it to the college because its a huge area to put the map on. Although on the other hand, students who are rushing to get to their destinations would walk straight pass the map.

If we had another chance to re-create the map, i would consider the map to be more readable and have all the different squares of area to be the same colour background and road. The footpath of where we had walked through, cant really notice it because the roads are all in different colours. The photographes are stuck on different ways which i dont really mind because people can look at them in different angles. I dont really like the way the map has different objects and photographs stuck on the map because, it looks roughly done.

Overall i think that the map would had looked better if the group would had more time and thought towards the map when we first started creating it.

Wednesday, 8 October 2008

Bermondsey walk

Jamaica road the loudest and busiest road.
Cars, trucks, cyclists rushing to get to their destinations.
Wilson Grove, narrow quiet road. Full of cars on both sides.
Big green trees. You can hear the wind breezing through the branches.
Stopped at the end of Pottery Street, a small cramped area full of houses.
Carried on walking towards Bermondsey wall east.
A lovely view of the river Thames.
A cold breeze going through my long, thick, black hair.
I stayed there for a good or so minutes and took photographs using my phone. I also then sketched out a selected area that i thought looked really good.
Loftie street was closed. The destroyed area that the builders where knocking down. "Cold stores Ltd" was getting knocked down "as it was old," i heard people say.
So we then walked back and walked through Bevington street going towards Chambers street.
A nice neat area. Expensive cars, expensive apartments.
I felt out of place. For me, i wouldn't be able to afford those apartments.
Bermondsey wall west, a clean white spaced area.
Jacob street, a very thin road with tall buildings. Felt really cramped.
George row, a wider road with a lot of space.
Then got towards Jamaica road back to the busy road.

These are the photographes i took. Although i drew a couple of them because i thought i could also use a different technique and explore different ways of capturing.

PHOTOGRAPHES that was taken when walking around Bermondsey. [Jacobs Island]

Wilson Grove -

Pottery Street -

Loftie Street - [Closed for construction]

Chambers Street -

Mill Street -

Between Mill Street & Jacobs Street -

V&A - Capturing the 21st Century

The creative and media group went to the V&A on the 17th of September 2008. We first went to the art studio and had an induction day of what capture is really about.

Capture - Capturing the moment/event. You can capture by creating a video, blog photographs, etc. Also by collecting objects from the past to create what has changed from then to now.

We then had a tour around the 20th century section by Gareth Williams [the curator of furniture]. Most of the objects in the 20th century can tell a story or can show you what technology or furniture was like in the old days. Some of the objects they used reflect the kind of designs nowadays.

We then got told to pick three objects that we found interesting and capture the object. I sketched the objects and took photographs.

I chose the 1990's Shoe made by Vivienne Westwood, the first wireless home phone by the British telecommunication company and, the stereo cassette player by Sony Tokyo Japan in the 1979.

I chose the 1990's shoe because it reminded me of how the 90's fashion was. The wireless home phone was chosen because it reminded me of an old big brick phone. The cassette player reminded of when i had one when i was a little girl in the 90's.

After we picked what we liked we then went back to the art studio and done an exercise. We had to go into groups, although our group was small we stayed as a group altogether. We had to then tell each other in the group what objects we picked from the 20th century gallery. We then chose 3 we liked, 3 we didn't like and 3 examples that should be added in the gallery. I think my group chose the Nike shoe, the 1st mobile phone and the cassette player. We then chose 3 things that was use-less in the gallery and i think most of them we chose was furniture. The three things we thought that should go in the gallery was a game boy, sweets and another object but i'm not sure what it was. We created a poster on what we planned out about the objects in the gallery and presented it to the whole group that was in the art studio.

We then had lunch.

After lunch we then got told we had to go around the gallery to explore what is going on and select a section we like and take three objects or more we liked. Rana & i picked jewellery. We then picked three objects we liked. We drew them.

In conclusion the gallery overall i liked the jewellery section and the fashion section, because the jewellery section was very bright with all the lighting, and the fashion just caught my eye because of what people used to wear in the past.

These are the pieces of work i done in my sketch book.

These are the drawings i done when Rana and i selected an area we liked in the museum. We absolutely liked the jewellery section because the light must had attracted our eyes.